Dr. David Baker, Professor of Psychology at the University of Akron, will conduct a show-and-tell with an original artifact from the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment prior to the local premiere of the 2015 movie "The Stanford Prison Experiment." The special screening with Dr. Baker will take place at The Nightlight Cinema, 30 North High St. in Akron, on July 31 at 9 p.m.
In the film "The Stanford Prison Experiment" Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. The film was the winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, and was created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself.
Dr. Baker will give a special introduction to the film and present one of the original 1971 guard uniforms from the now-legendary psychological undertaking. "Professor Zimbardo has been depositing materials from the Stanford Prison Experiment with us for many years," said Baker. The prison uniform is part of the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron, a collection of artifacts, media and documents, relating to the history and study of psychology.
"The Stanford Prison Experiment was a dramatic example of the power of situational factors in determining our behavior. It also raised ethical questions about the treatment of research subjects and experimenter bias," said Baker. "I look forward to seeing the film at The Nightlight. I am curious to see how this legendary social science experiment translates into a feature film."
"The Stanford Prison Experiment" will continue to screen at The Nightlight July 31 through Aug. 13. Tickets can be found at www.nightlightcinema.com.